headline read Joy-rider in boat crash on drug trip. The article,
published in The West Australian, 18 January, 2002, tells
of a 17-year-old youth who, whilst high on amphetamines, broke into
a $400,000 powerboat, which he then proceeded to drive at speed
into the Rottnest Island fuelling jetty. Having caused damage to
the jetty, he then headed off and ran the boat aground on a nearby
reef, causing extensive hull and engine damage to the boat, leaving
a repair bill in excess of $135,000!
The young man, who was supposedly celebrating
the end of the school year at the time of the incident, pleaded
guilty to the two damage charges brought against him and when questioned
in court, claimed he had virtually no memory of the incident or
what had taken place.
The Magistrate believed that, although, drug-taking
was no excuse for his actions, she felt that his crime free past
and young age meant that he should avoid detention or a fine and,
instead, be referred to a juvenile justice team.
The juvenile justice team will supposedly set
up an action plan involving the owner of the powerboat, which would
ensure that the youth did not re-offend. Now let me tell you that's
not even a slap on the wrist!
This young man for the sake of less than 12
months, has avoided being treated as an adult and, as such, has
avoided having to make any monetary compensation whatsoever. Fortunately
for the boat owner he was insured with Club Marine.
Consider the situation if the boat owner had
had no insurance at all!
Whose rights are being protected here? It is
the victims who remain punished whilst the criminals are nurtured
with their rights so aggressively protected by the legal system.
We are currently reviewing what civil law options
are available to us as we attempt to seek compensation from the
guilty third party. In a last minute deal, Club Marine has signed
up to be the major sponsor of the 2002 Australian Offshore Powerboat
Championships. And just in case you don't know what that means,
take a look at the front cover of this magazine to get an understanding
of what the championships are all about.
The boat pictured is Riviera Racing's
single-engine entry in the Class Two series, which is only marginally
slower than its twin-engine Class One bigger brother (left). These
boats are absolutely mind blowing and I am extremely excited about
our association with the internationally regarded series of events.
we will be covering all stages of the championships, so expect to
see much more of the boats as we bring you all of the action in
future issues of Club Marine magazine.
this issue we take a first look at Kay Cottee's 56-foot fast cruising
yacht currently under construction, Warren Steptoe tries out a Baja
34 at Hervey Bay, Rob Mundle reports on all the drama of leg four
of the Volvo Ocean Race from Auckland to Rio de Janeiro and we preview
the Club Marine Southern 80 ski race.
the magazine and remember that your safety is our top priority.